The World Cup of Caring

Dr. Rick Oliver outlines some of the charitable giving American Sentinel University participates in each year.

Nurses in the News: Dr. Elaine Foster for

American Sentinel University Nursing Dean discusses on how nurses can find and embrace work they love.

Nurses in the News: Dr. Foster for HCPro

Dr. Elaine Foster, Ph.D., MSN, RN, Associate Dean, Nursing Graduate Programs at American Sentinel University recently spoke with HCPro about a current nursing trend – switching specialties.

A Son and CEO’s Story of His Father

American Sentinel University CEO Rick Oliver shares a personal story about his father; whose incredible life inspired Dr. Oliver to aim high. Dr. Oliver’s personal experiences are one of the many reasons American Sentinel is proud to support military servicemen and their families as well as domestic heroes.

Strong Nursing Leadership Is Essential to Reducing HAIs

It’s one of the hottest topics in health care right now: how to prevent hospital-acquired infections. Hospitals everywhere are adopting evidence-based policies to reduce HAI rates, and many are adding certified infection preventionists to the staff.

E-book Overviews Tech Shift in Healthcare

“The State of the Modern Healthcare Industry in the 21st Century: Technology and Business Intelligence Leads the Way” offers an inside look into how GIS can be applied to your health care organization. In the last few decades, the world

Electronic Medical Records: A Nursing Perspective

“Electronic Medical Records: A Nursing Perspective,” our latest e-book, examines the pivotal role EMRs play in daily workflows, and how they affect quality of care and a hospital’s profitability. This downloadable guide will serve as comprehensive overview to EMR implementation and basic facts that every nurse should be aware of, with links to additional reading materials sprinkled throughout each section.

Is Your Stethoscope Spreading Germs Between Patients?

How often do you clean and disinfect your stethoscope after it comes into contact with a patient’s skin? If you’re like most clinicians, you do this infrequently, if ever. Yet the common stethoscope may soon come under increasing scrutiny – or even become the target of next-generation infection control policies. (There are currently no guidelines requiring doctors and nurses to disinfect stethoscopes between patients.)

Using Social Media for Professional Development

As the volume of clinical information increases, it becomes more and more challenging for nurses to keep up with new studies, policy changes, and evidence-based practices. Social media offers a quick and easy way to cut through some of the “noise” and find out what other nurses are reading, discussing, and recommending.

Why Are Male Nurses Still in Short Supply?

If you’re a movie buff, you might remember a comedy called Meet the Parents. In it, Ben Stiller played a male nurse who is all set on marrying his girlfriend. And for many nurses who watched this film, it was pretty obvious that the screenwriter chose the vocation of nurse to help define the character’s personality: a big-hearted, but not-so-macho, under-achiever. The movie bundled up a bunch of stereotypes about male nurses – and nurses in general – and played them for laughs.

CEO Wins Essay Contest

American Sentinel University’s CEO Rick Oliver won an essay contest run by McKinsey & Company. Dr. Oliver was one of three winners to receive a copy of the book “Reimagining India.”

Meaningful Use Guidelines Can Enhance Discharge Planning – Here’s How!

During 2014, hospitals will continue to work toward meeting Meaningful Use guidelines. Nurse case managers may think of Meaningful Use mainly as an information technology (IT) initiative. Yet, some of the goals of Meaningful Use actually tie into the mission to reduce unnecessary readmissions through better discharge planning.

The Fundamentals of Nursing Peer Review (NPR)

If your hospital is currently on the Magnet journey, or has achieved Magnet status, you know that the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® calls for a model of shared governance. The idea is to empower nurses by giving them the professional autonomy to manage their own practice – rather than having policies and workflows dictated by administrators who are not on the front lines of patient care. Empowered nurses can better serve as patient advocates and are in a better position to improve patient outcomes.

E-book Assists Nurses in Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections

As a modern nurse, what can you do to prevent hospital acquired infections from happening to your patient and save your health care facility an upsurge in costs? Using an evidence-based approach to infection control is proven to make a difference in your nursing practice. Let our e-book serve as your go-to handbook for basic interventions and preventions.

Business Intelligence Needs the Cloud and Big Data

Taking advanced business intelligence courses will help you keep pace of a lighting fast industry. With tough competition and increasing customer needs – business leaders need to quickly access, interpret and disseminate real-time analysis from all kinds of data – internally and externally- from the cloud.

How Informatics Is Changing Healthcare

Health care is always changing. How data is broken down and used in the medical world has developed countless informatics positions, which utilize the fundamentals of geospatial information systems — increasing the need to earn a GIS degree.

Should Patient Falls Be Considered a Never Event?

Earning an online nursing degree may give you the knowledge on how to use evidence-based practice to prevent such events as patient falls. A recent study suggests that preventable errors – a patient suffering from a fall – contribute to the increase in hospital stays. Falls are a part of larger Congressional discussion on health care between nurses and hospitals over how to ensure a safer stay for hospitalized patients.

Nursing Educators Are in Short Supply

It’s a shocking truth: nursing schools are turning away thousands of qualified applicants, even though there’s a projected nursing shortage for the years ahead.